Dallas 2 - Phoenix 1
Sometimes, it's better to be luck than to be good. With the Stars down a goal and time winding down, Loui Eriksson managed to deflect a puck into the net with 27 seconds left. The goal put the game into overtime and a subsequent shootout, which Dallas managed to win. Dallas is now 2-1-0 on the season with both wins coming at home. Phoenix drops to 0-1-1.
The Stars were outplayed for nearly the entire game. Whether it was due to the sparse crowd or just lack of energy, Dallas was constantly on the back foot and just looked horrible on offense for all three periods. They continued to take stupid penalties, including two too many men on the ice penalties. That makes three of those in the last two games and just shows the lack of discipline.
Each team was on the power-play seven times. The Stars' penalty-kill was excellent again as the unit went 6 of 7 on the PK. The power play, however, was just absolutely atrocious. Seven times the Stars were on the PP and seven times the Stars looked like they had no idea what they were doing. There was sparse possession of the puck and no sustained pressure on the offensive end. Dallas could just never get set up.
Kari Lehtonen was heroic again in this game as he continued to get bombarded by shots, this time saving 40 out of 41. If he can somehow manage to play like this through the entire season, there will be award talks going his way. The game could've easily been 4-1 in the Coyote's favor if not for Lehtonen.